University of Aberdeen welcomes Professor Dan Gunn
for Crossing the Arts: Beckett and Beyond, a series of workshops on Beckett, the creative and scholarly arts
Professor Dan Gunn is a renowned scholar, translator and writer, specialist in the works of Samuel Beckett and Marcel Proust; he is Paris director and editor of the 4-volume Cambridge edition of the selected correspondence of Samuel Beckett, and Professor of Comparative Literature and English and director of the Centre for Writers & Translators at The American University of Paris. He is editor of the Cahiers Series on writing and translation, and author of numerous scholarly and creative works, including Psychoanalysis and Fiction: an exploration of literary and psychoanalytic borders (Cambridge University Press, 1990) and two novels, Body Language, nominated for the Saltire Literary Award as Scottish Book of the Year (2002) and The Emperor of Ice-Cream (2015).
Crossing the Arts: Beckett and Beyond—Schedule:
Monday, 22nd February, 4 p. m., Meeting Room 3, Sir Duncan Rice Library
- Workshop 1: EDITING AS TRANSLATING: THE EXAMPLE OF SAMUEL BECKETT’S LETTERS
Wednesday, 24th February, 4:30 p.m., James Scotland Suite, MacRobert Building
- Workshop 2: SAMUEL BECKETT AND THE ARTS – TO ADAPT OR NOT TO ADAPT?
Friday, 26th February, 4 p.m., Room 224, Sir Duncan Rice Library
- Workshop 3: BOUNDARY CROSSINGS: CREATIVE PRACTICES, CRITICAL PARADIGMS AND THE WORLDS BETWEEN
Crossing the Arts: Beckett and Beyond is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies (RIISS) at the University of Aberdeen
For more information on each workshop, scroll down.
Free and open to the public—all welcome!
Workshop 1: Monday, 22nd February, 4.00-Meeting Room 3 (7th floor), Sir Duncan Rice Library
EDITING AS TRANSLATING: THE EXAMPLE OF SAMUEL BECKETT’S LETTERS
Key-note talk by Professor Dan Gunn, Paris director of the Cambridge edition of Samuel Beckett’s letters
With the participation of Professor Ali Lumsden, Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott
Samuel Beckett’s voluminous correspondence—thousands of hand-written letters in Beckett’s particular style of Anglo-Irish, French and German—not only offers us a unique sense of the artist, his work and the intellectual and artistic atmospheres of the period. It also presents unique challenges both to the process of textual editing and to the task of the translator. Dan Gunn kicks off our first workshop in the series with a discussion on the art and craft of textual editing and translation, its singular role in providing access to the life, work and worlds of the writer, and the possibilities and limitations of textual editing in the age of digital technology. Joining Professor Gunn in discussion of these issues is Professor Ali Lumsden, General Editor of the Edinburgh Edition of Walter Scott’s Waverly Novels and lead editor of Walter Scott’s poetry.
Workshop 2: Wednesday, 24th February, 4.30 – James Scotland Suite, Macrobert Building
SAMUEL BECKETT AND THE ARTS—TO ADAPT OR NOT TO ADAPT?
Opening talk by Professor Dan Gunn
Samuel Beckett’s interest and engagement in the arts crossed literature, music and the visual arts, an engagement manifest in his work across various media, including poetry, prose, theatre, radio, television and film. Beckett was also deeply resistant to adaptations of his work that attempted to cross the lines of media, setting, or character prescribed by the original work. Joining Professor Gunn in discussion of Beckett’s work across the arts is Dr. Eddie Campbell, Head of the Department of Music and Co-Director of the Centre for Modern Thought, and Dr. Adrienne Janus, lecturer in English and Literature in a World Context, associate lecturer in Music and member of the George Washington Wilson Centre for Visual Culture.
Workshop 3: Friday, 26th February, 3:30-Room 224, Sir Duncan Rice Library
BOUNDARY CROSSINGS: CREATIVE PRACTICES, CRITICAL PARADIGMS AND THE WORLDS BETWEEN
A poetry reading with Mapuche Chilean Poet Jaime Huenún
In his first visit to Scotland, Jaime Huenún will read select poems from his poetry collections, the most recent being Fanon City Meu (2014), which places the Mapuche experience of colonisation in a global context. As well as winning a number of awards for his poetry (including the Pablo Neruda prize in 2003 for Puerto Trakl), he has edited anthologies of indigenous poetry, and plays an important role in the recuperation of ancestral memory and the oral tradition through written literature in Latin America. In association with WORD Centre for Creative Writing and the Hispanic Department.
What is the place of art, of the artist, of the scholar, today? This question presents itself with increasing urgency in the age of the ‘globalised market-place’ of art and ideas and motivates our concluding round-table discussion between artists, writers and scholars. It also gives rise to one of the more leading questions that frames this round-table discussion. How might the practices of artists, writers and scholars both mark and de-stabilise the conceptual boundaries and critical paradigms which constitute our disciplinary fields and intellectual horizons: the boundaries of nation or language, the boundaries of genre, form, and media, the boundaries between the local and the global, and indeed the boundaries between the spheres of artistic, intellectual and economic production?
Joining Professor Gunn in this round-table are: Dr. Reif Larson, Writer-in-Residence (St. Andrews), author and film-maker; Professor Cairns Craig (Glucksman Chair of Irish and Scottish Studies, Director of the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies, Aberdeen); Dr. Helen Lynch, writer and Lecturer in English (English and Creative Writing, Aberdeen); and Dr. David Wheatley, poet, critic and editor (English and Creative Writing, Aberdeen).
*You may also be interested in Reif Larsen’s Talk: Faking it: Writing Fiction as Sleight of Hand, Thursday, 25th February, 4PM, Craig Suite (Meeting Room 1), Sir Duncan Rice Library (7th Floor)